Cy Twombly: Fifty Years of Works on Paper

One word that constantly comes up in relation to Cy Twombly is “private.” The artist kept his affairs to himself, allowed only selected few into his inner circle, and hardly ever talked about his work. Despite relatively late recognition, he led seemingly care free, comfortable life, surrounded by exquisite arts and antiques, once famously captured by Horst P. Horst for Vogue. In those pictures, there is almost alarming quantity of Cy Twombly's works for one's own house. He clearly enjoyed a great deal placing them within historical context he so often quoted. Something his critics couldn't catch on for a long time, measuring him against his Black Mountain College peers instead.

Works on paper, at Hara Museum, is remarkable not even for being the first major artist's exhibition in Japan, but for its intimate atmosphere. The human scale of one time private residence, soft light and glimpses of surrounding greenery provide an ideal backdrop for the work of the artist who preferred pencil to paint, and to whom painting was “fusing of ideas, fusing of feelings, fusing projected on atmosphere.” When asked about the exhibition, Julie Sylvester, the curator of the show and a close personal friend of the artist, said: “Cy would love it.” What better recommendation is there? Through August 30th.

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